Kennedy Center to spotlight Japan

Fest to run Feb. 5 - 17

The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. will showcase the culture of Japan in a fest that runs Feb. 5-17.

Program assembles some 450 artists and more than 40 performances in available spaces throughout the center. It will be similar in format to a two-week KenCen fest in 2005 devoted to performing arts from China; next season’s Arab festival will celebrate cultures of countries throughout the Middle East.

Theatrical highlights of the Japan showcase will include a specially mounted production of Yukio Ninagawa’s “Shintoku-Maru,” a fable of love and revenge based on an ancient noh play, and a new musical for young adults called “Up in the Air: The Story of Boonah, the Tree-Climbing Frog” directed by Amon Miyamoto, who staged the 2005 revival of “Pacific Overtures” on Broadway.

Other acts will include artists well known to U.S. auds such as classical violinist Midori, who will perform with her quartet.

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